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Friday, November 3, 2023
Sportsman of the Week Ending 10/29/2023
As the MLB League Championship Series wrapped up, a surprise winner on the National League side emerged. Nobody was talking about the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team with the worst record in the playoffs, emerging with the pennant, but that they did. What they lacked in star power was made up for in talent and execution. Execution was the name of the game for Ketel Marte. And consistency. Marte set a postseason record with a 20-game hitting streak. During the week ending Sunday October 29, Marte's Diamondbacks won three out of four games, including the last two of the NLCS to send the defending National League Champions home, and also won Game 2 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers to send it back to Arizona tied (spoiler alert, it didn't go well in the desert). Before the week Marte helped secure the Diamondbacks first win in the series with a walk off hit. Marte ended the week 5/20, 2 two 2B, a triple and 6 critical RBI to clinch Arizona's first pennant since 2001. A surprise story and budding superstar, Ketel Marte is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!